Estella Shardlow reports for the Independent, excerpts pertaining Bolivia follow:

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Bolivia’s famous salt flats become dazzling mirrors in April, as the last of the seasonal rains rest across the landscape. Besides surveying the otherworldly crystalline mounds of Uyuni, the largest salt flat on Earth, Bolivia thrills with smoking volcanoes, flamingo-filled lagoons and surreal deserts where the stones resemble trees. It’s best taken in on a roaming 4×4 adventure tour. An Abercrombie & Kent 10-day tailor-made Lake Titicaca and Uyuni trip takes in the highlights, from $4,295 per person. But whether you go it alone or take a guide, chances are your flight lands in La Paz, the sky-high city (a whopping 3,640m above sea level), where increasingly cool fine-dining and design hotel scenes mean it’s worth lingering in town for a few days. Check into art-filled, parallelogram-shaped property Atix (rooms from £132) and try the llama tartare at Noma alumnus Claus Meyer’s restaurant, Gustu. After soaking up the capital’s thronging squares you’ll need to catch your breath with a cortado among the vintage typewriters at The Writer’s Coffee.

Give way to the call of the south

Journey time: 18h 45m via Madrid

Average temperature in April: 14C 


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